The Conservancy helps manage and protect the beautiful Ventura River Estuary
The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy has permanently protected over 30 acres of sensitive habitat in the Ventura River, and we currently manage another 60 acres. The Conservancy is also negotiating to purchase approximately 1000 acres of prime hillside open space by the end of 2017.
We encourage the public to visit our two main preserves on the Ventura River, they both contain year-round water and host hundreds of native plant and animal species. For more information, or to schedule a special preserve tour please call the VHC office at 805-643-8044.
Big Rock Preserve
Composed of three separate parcels, and totaling just over 16 acres, this preserve lies just south of Foster Park and is accesible from the Ventura River Trail, directly across from the Watershed Mural. Year-round water, resident steelhead and pond turtles, and diverse native vegetation are the highlights of this beautiful property. Explore Big Rock Preserve.
Our most accessible preserve, this 8.93 acre parcel is located close to downtown Ventura and Surfer's Point. Bordered by the Main Street bridge to the north and the 101 overpass to the south, the property lies just off the Ventura River Trail bike path. Great views of the estuary and a one-mile trail loop are some of the highlights of this preserve. Explore Willoughby Preserve.